With T2 opening their season on Sunday against Real Monarchs, we will be profiling the 14 players officially signed to the T2 roster.
We continue with forward Kharlton Belmar.
Born: Dec. 1, 1992
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Kharlton Belmar, 22, joins T2 after being drafted by the Timbers in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Belmar is familiar to the Timbers organization after a stellar 2014 PDL season with the Timbers U23s, where he led the team in scoring with 8 goals and 1 assists, and was named the team;s MVP and was named to the PDL All-Western Conference team.
Belmar was a four year player at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he finished as the team's leading scorer during his junior (2013) and senior (2014) seasons. In 76 appearances (37 starts) for VCU, he tallied 18 goals and 5 assists, while earning All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors in 2013 and 2014 and was named to the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Second Team in 2013.
Prior to playing at VCU, Belmar was a four year starter at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he finished as a four time All-District selection, and finishing his junior year as a 2010 Honorable Mention AAA Virginia All-State selection and his senior year as a 2011 AAA Virginia State Player of the Year candidate, after scoring 18 goals and 7 assists.
Belmar is capable of playing all attacking positions on the pitch, using his size and speed to create scoring chances with both feet, as well as using his head off set pieces. Burning past defenders with deceptive footwork, then hitting into another gear, Belmar is a high-motor player who looks to create the next attacking opportunity by putting defenses on their heels and making his presence known.
While not likely to break into the first team roster anytime soon, Belmar possesses the skills to be a productive player at the USL level while he hones his skills and eventually push for first team minutes as he grows as a player.
Below is a highlight video from Belmar's time with both VCU and the Timbers U23s.